Executive Leadership

Ralph Boyd, President and CEO

Boydpicture (1) (1).jpgRalph Boyd first became acquainted with SOME during his seven years as chairman, president and CEO of the Freddie Mac Foundation, Inc. From 2005 to 2012, he was responsible for the national capital region’s largest corporate philanthropic program, which included major financial support for SOME’s affordable housing and supportive services for low income and formerly homeless families. As CEO of the Massachusetts region of the American Red Cross, Boyd oversaw services for 6.7 million people in more than 350 cities and towns throughout the region, including: disaster preparation, response, casework, and recovery services, food services and nutrition programs in underserved and high need communities, services to armed forces, international services, biomedical (blood) services, and health and safety programs.

He has spent many years working in service of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, including as Assistant Attorney General of the United States heading the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; as a co-founding board member, chairman and interim president and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools, a consortium of six academically rigorous public charter schools in high need Washington, D.C. communities; and as chairman of the NHP Foundation, a national nonprofit developer and owner of affordable housing with supportive services for vulnerable residents. 

Most recently, Boyd’s work at the Urban Land Institute has focused on land use and real estate development, including the development of affordable housing. Boyd is a graduate of Haverford College and the Harvard Law School.

Father John Adams, President Emeritus

FrJohn-300x300.jpgFather John Adams directed SOME for more than 40 years. He was ordained in 1969 and received his master's degree in Social Service ('70) at Catholic University of America. After initial assignments as a social worker, he started Christ House, which provides meals, shelter, and crisis intervention to the poor and homeless in Alexandria, VA.

In 1978, Fr. McKenna, SJ, founder of SOME, invited Fr. John to become the Director of SOME. Under his leadership, SOME grew from a small soup kitchen with one employee and two volunteers to an organization that provides more than 1,200 daily meals and more to those experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty in the city.

Fr. John has often been recognized for his work at SOME, as Washingtonian of the Year, a Freedom Forum Free Spirit, an Olympic Torch Carrier, a Congressional Victory Against Hunger Award recipient, and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Marymount University. Fr. John moved to an emeritus role in 2020 after 42 years of service to SOME.

Michelle Barnaby, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Don DuChateau, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Troy Swanda, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Tracey Turner, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Operations Team

Stephanie Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Performance Officer                                                                                                          Katara Coates, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer                                                                                       Berinna Berinna Doggett, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
Nechama Masliansky, Senior Advocacy Advisor
Julia Moran Morton, Senior Vice President and Chief Housing Development Officer
Thuan Nguyen, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Rachel Nicholas, Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Family Housing
Caitlin Orth, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer
Belinda Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Single Adult Housing
Kate Wiley, Vice President of Marketing and Communications 
Daryl Wright, Vice President of Emergency Services                                                                                                                                    Veronica Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Workforce Development                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Board of Directors

The SOME Board of Directors upholds SOME’s mission, supports the President of SOME, ensures effective organizational planning, and oversees SOME’s operations, growth and financial condition. Board members are selected based on their field of expertise and their commitment to people experiencing homelessness and poverty. They meet monthly to monitor and strengthen SOME’s programs and services, examine financial records, and make recommendations for the future.

Sr. Mary Bader, Chair, St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families    
George C. McFarland
, Vice Chair, McFarland and Associates
Sr. Mary Catherine Guiler, Secretary, Substitute Teacher
Stefanie Gerard Cohn, Treasurer, Marcum LLP
Jason E. Geno, HR Committee Chair, Human Capital Initiatives
Ralph Boyd, Ex-Officio Member, President, SOME
Linda Jo Smith, Honorary Member, Former Chairsperson, PEPCO (retired)
Fr. John Adams, Honorary Member, President Emeritus, SOME


Audie (Butch) Abernathy, Building Technician Engineer                                                                                                                                                Armando Bonilla, Capital One Financial Corp.                                                                                                                                                                    Louis Buell, Capital One Financial Corp.
Kenneth W. Ellison, Attorney
Mary Miller, Edison Electric Institute
Olivia B. Payton, Chateau Remix

Corporate Advisory Board

SOME is fortunate to have the strong support of business leaders in the Washington area who provide financial support and administrative advice, host SOME’s annual Dinner Gala, volunteer at SOME programs, and identify others who may be helpful to SOME. The Corporate Advisory Board brings together the members' collective experience to act as a source of counsel for development of funding and other resources for SOME.

Patrick Butler, Chair, America’s Public Television Stations
Leslie W. Hortum, Vice Chair, Spencer Stuart


James Assey, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
William Bartling, Clark Construction
Angela Bradley, BTI Security
Patrick Butler, Association of Public Television Stations
Steve Caldeira, Household & Commercial Products Association
Kathleen Walsh Carr
David Chavern, News Media Alliance
Patrick Cleary, NAPEO
William E. Conway, Jr., The Carlyle Group
Julia Cullen, KPMG LLC
Prachee J. Devadas, Synergy Enterprises Inc.
Andrea Dynes, General Dynamics
Penny Eastman, Animal Wellness Action
Toby Eckhardt, Focused Image
Terri Fariello, United Airlines
Etta Fielek
Rainey Foster, Leading Authorities, Inc.
Mike Gordon, C.C. Pace
Corey Griffin, 2GIP
Leslie Hortum, Spencer Stuart
Erica Khatchadourian, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust
William Killmer, Mortgage Bankers Association
Mekita King, Genius
Gerry Lamb
Dennis M. Lucey, AKIMA
Katherine Lugar, American Beverage Association
Darryl Maxwell, DC Bar Pro Bono Program
James McCarthy
Larry McCarthy, McCarthy, Hennings, Whalen
Evelyn Miller, National Geographic Partners
Mary Miller, Edison Electric Institute
Michael J. O’Neil, K&L/Gates
Kathleen Rotondaro
Michelle Russo, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Leslie Sarasin, FMI- The Food Industry Association
Daniel Schwartz, Bain & Co.
Matthew Shay, National Retail Federation
John Sturm
Sanjay Subramanian, PwC
JT Taylor, Hedgeye Risk Management
Otis Tolbert, Aon Risk Solutions
Alisha White, AMC Institute
Thomas Wilbur, Akridge
Michael Williams, Hogan Lovells US, LLP
William Glenn Yarborough, WGY and Associates, LLC